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Introduction to Fly Fishing

Learn the basics of fly fishing including casting, equipment and terminology during this fun hands on course.

Location: Branbury State Park, Salisbury VT. State Park day use fee is required at gate.

To register or find out more, contact Branbury State Park at 802-247-5925

Saturday, July 24, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Kayak/Canoe Fishing Introduction

Learn basic kayak/canoe rigging techniques to enhance your experience while fishing from a canoe or kayak.

Location: Branbury State Park, Salisbury VT. Park day use fee required at gate.

To register or find out more, contact Branbury State Park at 802-247-5925

Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Natural Communities of Halfmoon Cove Wildlife Management Area

Hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Vermont Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy

The lower Winooski River supports an intriguing ecosystem that includes floodplain forests with their tall arching trees, wet swamps, and flooded marshes. Come learn about these natural communities, and the many plants and animals that inhabit them, with Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino, the three authors of the second edition of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont.

This trip will involve a moderate off-trail walk on flat ground that may be muddy or wet.  Rubber boots or waterproof shoes are recommended. 

Limit: 25 participants

Meeting location will be sent to you upon registration.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Habitat Walk at Birdseye WMA

Join Fish & Wildlife Department biologist, Travis Hart, on a walk to discuss different habitat types across parts of the 3,000+ acre Birdseye WMA, which covers the towns of Castleton, Ira and Poultney. Walk through young forest and then the trail up Herrick Mountain discussing different species and habitat types as we climb. It is roughly 1.5 miles to the view of the valley and Lake Bomoseen.

Note* The climb to the top of Herrick Mountain is on a managed access road but is steep and may be difficult for some. Stops will be made along the way to discuss different features, but please be prepared for a steep climb. Dress appropriately including good hiking shoes and long pants to protect against ticks. Terrain will be varied and difficult.

Appropriate for Children of What Age – Due to the relatively steep incline of the climb up it is recommended that only older children attend that are able to walk 1.5 miles up steep terrain. 12+

Equipment Attendees should bring – Water to drink along the way, bug spray, walking stick or poles if you prefer to use them when hiking.

Limit: 30 participants

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Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Natural Communities of Merck Forest

Sponsored by Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Join Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino, the three authors of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont to celebrate the publication of the second edition of the book with an exploration of Merck’s special natural communities, including Dry Chestnut Oak Forest and Rich Northern Hardwood Forest. The forests here are fascinating and we will learn about the trees, shrubs, wildflowers of the forest floor, and forest structure, exploring how different soils support different plants and animals.

This will be a moderate hike over variable terrain.

Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Limit 25 participants

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Deadline to Apply- Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program

The Junior Waterfowl Hunter Training Program is a joint educational effort of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, the Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County and volunteers to teach young hunters about waterfowl hunting. The program focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to become responsible, respected individuals who strive to learn all they can about waterfowl and to become knowledgeable in firearms safety, hunter ethics and wildlife conservation.

Mentors and youths who would like to participate in this year's program must pre-register with the Refuge by Friday, August 6. Participation in the program will be limited to 30 enrollees.

To register for this year's program, call refuge headquarters at 802-868-4781. Please include the mentor’s name and youth's name and age, address and telephone number.

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Friday, August 6, 2021 (All day)

Abenaki Traditional Fishing Techniques

Here's a Great Learning Experience for Young and Old! Come join our staff and Aaron Desroches of Alnôbaiwi - www.alnobaiwi.org to learn the basics of fishing plus the traditions of the Abenaki, including their fishing equipment and ways to honor the catch. The FREE clinic will cover ecology, knot tying, fish identification and more!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Kids Fishing Event - West Rupert

This event is part of the department’s Children’s Fishing Program, designed to give kids the opportunity for a fun and successful fishing experience. The event is sponsored by a local organization and the department provides 8 to 10” stocked trout for the kids to test out their angling skills.

Fishing Event Date: 8/13/2021

Fishing Event Location: Kirsteins Pond

Town of Event: West Rupert

Address of Event: Sandgate Road

Sponsoring Organization: Rupert Fish & Game Club

Contact: Mike Lourie | AM Phone: (802) 394-2928

Friday, August 13, 2021 (All day)

VT Fish & Wildlife Teen Conservation Weekend

Teens ages 15-17 are invited to spend a weekend full of fun and adventure at the Edward F Kehoe Conservation Camp in Bomoseen VT. Campers will be backpacking to a remote pond where they will spend the weekend participating on activities taught by department biologists, wardens and other staff.

Activities will include fishing, biology, backpacking, k9 demonstrations, and so much more!

Space limited to 25 participants.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 15, 2021 (All day)

VT Fish & Wildlife Teen Conservation Weekend

Teens ages 15-17 are invited to spend a weekend full of fun and adventure at the Edward F Kehoe Conservation Camp in Bomoseen VT. Campers will be backpacking to a remote pond where they will spend the weekend participating on activities taught by department biologists, wardens and other staff.

Activities will include fishing, biology, backpacking, k9 demonstrations, and so much more!

Space limited to 25 participants.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021 (All day) to Sunday, August 22, 2021 (All day)
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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.